Election 2016

Women-Hating Soul Mates? Newt Gingrich Breaks with GOP Party Leaders to Back Todd Akin

Leave it to Newt to see opportunity in the foulest political morass.

After disgusting the entire nation with his view that a woman could not become pregnant if a rape was “legitimate”, U.S. senate hopeful and throw-back misogynist Todd Akin was quickly dumped by his own party and asked to leave the Missouri race. But the incorrigible Akin refused to slither away gracefully. He appears bent on going it alone and is charging ahead with his bid to unseat Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill.

Today is the day that top GOP officials hoped that the swamp creature would disappear into the muck --  Tuesday is the final deadline to stay in or drop out. Instead the conservative lawmaker is sliming his way through Missouri, aided by the fund-raising prowess of former Republican presidential candidate Gingrich. Newt headlined a $500-a-plate lunch for Akin at an Italian restaurant that attracted 40 guests and pink-clad Planned Parenthood protesters.

“If Todd and the people of Missouri prove it’s a close race, what’s the moral case for not backing the Republican nominee?” said Gingrich. “My expectation would be that in the crunch, in October, Governor Romney is going to be for the entire ticket, and he’s going to be for Todd Akin.”

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Other than Mike Huckabee, Gingrich is the only national figure willing to get behind Akin.

So what’s in it for Newt? One might conclude that Gingrich is anticipating the possibility of a Romney loss, in which case there is likely to be a struggle for leadership within the party. If Akin wins, Christian right-wingers will be exceedingly grateful to him, and even if he loses, Gingrich can capitalize on points scored with Evangelicals.

Lynn Parramore is an author and cultural theorist. Follow her on Twitter @LynnParramore.